Knowledge Based Bio-Economy


Quality and safety of feeds and food for Europe (Food Quality and Safety)

Project acronym: QSAFFE

Title of project: Quality and safety of feeds and food for Europe

Research area: Food Quality and Safety

Contract No: 265702

EU contribution: €2 988 466

Start date: March 2011

Duration: 42 months

Status: on-going

A safe and healthy food supply for the European consumer is of fundamental importance. For foods of animal origin, the rearing of healthy European livestock is highly dependent on the availability of high-quality and safe feeds. This has a major impact on the safety of the entire animal-based food chain. The ambition behind QSAFFE is to deliver better, faster and more economically viable means of ensuring the quality and safety of animal feeds in Europe.

To do this, the project is firstly developing and implementing cost-effective tests that can detect animal feed contamination incidents very early, before the feeds have been consumed by farm animals, thus preventing the serious consequences that might otherwise result.

The project is also working to ensure that no fraudulent practices occur within the supply chain, such as the import of feed materials under false claims. This can be done by checking that the country of origin or type of material specified on shipments corresponds to scientific measurements.

The team is looking into the feasibility of predicting future problems in the feed supply chain caused by changes in global economics and climate change. This information will alert both industry and regulators to future testing requirements.

A fourth important research topic is increasing understanding of how contaminants present in feed materials can be transferred into foodstuffs. This information will play a major role in advising regulators about the real risk of contamination incidents to the consumer.

While a huge amount of important research is being conducted within the project, it is of equal importance that the knowledge gained is passed on to the appropriate stakeholders. Thus the QSAFFE consortium is organising multiple training activities for the end-users of the tests developed, and providing industry and regulators with important information that they will need to make decisions based on scientific evidence.

QSAFFE is an important research project that is already delivering vital methods and information to a wide range of stakeholders. The practices developed in the project will not only have a major impact in Europe but will do so on a global scale.

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Coordinator: Prof Christopher Elliott,

Organisation: Queen's University Belfast, UK,